Christmas-themed books and Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo

Many authors make a point of publishing books just in time for Christmas reading and inspiration for holiday gifts.  Here are eight recent examples we’ve just added to the collection:

  • “Bathed in Prayer” by Jan Karon is a large-print collection of Father Tim’s prayers, sermons and reflections from the 14 novels in the Mitford series.
  • “Christmas Revelation” by Anne Perry is a holiday mystery decorated with all the Victorian trimmings.
  • “The Noel Stranger” by Richard Paul Evans is an inspirational story about redemption, faith and the power of the season.
  • “Alaskan Holiday” by Debbie Macomber is a magical Christmas tale about finding love where it’s least expected.  It is available in hard cover and as an audio book on CD.
  • “Christmas Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke is a Hannah Swensen holiday mystery with recipes in large print.
  • “Yule Log Murder” contains three mysteries by Leslie Meier, Lee Hollis and Barbara Ross in large print.
  • “Lark! The Herald Angels Sing” by Donna Andrews is a Meg Langslow mystery in large print.
  • “The Darling Dahlias and the Poinsettia Puzzle” by Susan Wittig Albert is a Darling Dahlias mystery in large print.


Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo for all ages

We hope you and your family will join us for an all-ages Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo on Tuesday, December 11 from 4-6 p.m.  This is a fun opportunity to celebrate the holidays by creating your very own seasonal crafts to take home while enjoying hot cocoa.

Activities calendars available

To be sure you don’t miss any of the free activities available to you and your families at your library, we encourage you to pick up a copy of the events calendar each month.  There are three versions – kids, tweens/teens and adults.  We look forward to seeing you at your library.  Se habla espanol.

 Avalanche awareness today

Join Mark Mueller today, Thursday, December 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. for an important presentation on avalanche safety that could save your life.  He is an avalanche forecaster for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which says avalanches are the deadliest natural hazard in the state of Colorado.  No registration required.

All-ages gaming tomorrow

Join us tomorrow, Friday, December 7 from 2-3:15 p.m. for a free all-ages gaming session where you can enjoy video gaming on Wii and X-box 360 Kinect with your friends and family.

LEGO Club  

The free LEGO Club for kids six-12 years is 11 a.m.-noon on Saturday, December 8.  No need to bring your LEGO bricks – we have lots – just bring your imaginations.

Tween gaming

Free gaming for 4th-8th grades is Monday, December 10 from 4-5 p.m.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.

Teen gaming

Free teen gaming happens on Tuesdays from 4–5:30 p.m. for teens in the 7th-12th grades.  Enjoy X-box 360 Kinect, Wii and snacks.  Note: No teen gaming Tuesday the 11th because of Hot Chocolate Hullabaloo.

Adult book club

Our free adult book club meets the second Tuesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles and enjoy refreshments.  On December 11 we will discuss “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.  If you need a copy, please stop by your library.  No registration required.

Teen writers group

Join us Wednesday, December 12 from 4-5 p.m. for our free teen writers meeting for seventh-12 graders.  This group’s interests include stories, poetry, graphic novels and fan fiction.

Teen advisory board

Next Thursday, December 13, the teen advisory board meets from 4-5 p.m.  Bring your fun and innovative ideas to help us plan teen programs.  Share an idea to pick out a free book.

Computer classes

Join us for free sessions from 1-2 p.m. to learn a useful technology skill or application.  Thursday, December 13 is Smartphone Basics when you’ll learn how to navigate commonly used features on your Android or Apple smartphone or tablet.   No registration required.

Adult education

Our free PALS (Pagosa Adult Learning Services) takes place on  Mondays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 – 7 p.m.  Come to your library to get help from Mark with high school equivalency, GED, college prep, financial aid, tutoring and more.

Free tech sessions

Drop in with your technology questions on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Family storytimes

Every Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. and Saturday from 9:30-10 a.m., join us for free great stories, fun songs and plenty of reasons to get up and move.  This is an excellent way for kids of all ages to have fun while building the skills they need to become independent readers.  Both storytimes are open to babies, toddlers and youngsters of all ages to make it easier for parents to attend with their children depending on their busy schedules rather than the age of their little ones.


“Woman Walks Ahead,” based on true events, tells of a woman from New York in the 1880s who travels to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull.  “Northern Exposure” is the complete season one.  “The Darkest Minds” is an empowering tale of teens who mysteriously develop new abilities.  “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” is a documentary about the major influence of indigenous people on popular American music. “Te Ata” is a documentary about one of the greatest Native American performers of all time.  “GI Jews” is a documentary about the 550,000 Jewish Americans who served in World War II.  “Incredibles 2” is the Disney Pixar movie.  “Northern Exposure” is the complete second season.

Thrillers, mysteries and suspense

“Cast Iron” by Peter May opens with a killer depositing an unconscious body into a picturesque lake.  “How It Happened” by Michael Koryta features an FBI interrogation specialist who must face his past as he investigates a murder.


Books on CD

“The Black and the Blue” by Matthew Horace and Ron Harris explores the racism and crimes that permeate law enforcement and offers a blueprint for change.  “The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place” by Jennifer McCartney is a humorous look at the joys of being a slob.


“Tony’s Wife” by Adriana Trigiani follows two working-class kids who become a successful singing act during the big band era.  “Master of His Fate” by Barbara Taylor Bradford describes the intertwining of two families’ lives in Victoria England.  “Fire & Blood” by George R.R. Martin is the first volume of a two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.  “Beauchamp Hall” by Danielle Steel tells of a woman who leaves New York to visit the town where her favorite British TV drama is filmed.


“Identity” by Francis Fukuyama offers a provocative examination of modern identity politics and what it means for our democracy and international affairs.  “On Desperate Ground” by Hampton Sides explores the Marines’ bravery in the Korean War’s greatest battle.  “Presidents of War” by historian Michael Beschloss chronicles presidential war-making from the birth of the U.S. to the present.  “Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2019” describes places to see around the world.  “Creating Moments of Joy along the Alzheimer’s Journey” by Jolene Brackey is a revised and expanded guide for caregivers.  “Get It Together” by Melanie Cullen shows you how to organize your records so your family won’t have to do it.  “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean uses the almost 250-year-old history of the Los Angeles library system as a backdrop to explore the purpose and value of libraries in the U.S. and around the world.  “Beyond the Call” by Eileen Rivers tells of three women who fought shoulder-to-shoulder with men on the front lines and worked with local women to restore their lives ibn Afghanistan.

Programmed Nooks

We have nine free Nooks and three free tablets programmed for your e-reading pleasure.  The eight adult content e-readers contain either fiction or nonfiction bestsellers.  The four youth e-readers contain books for children, juniors and young adults.

Downloadable e-books

Current New York Times bestseller downloadable e-books are being added regularly to our free 3M Cloud Library.  Access them by clicking on the 3M Cloud Library icon on the home page of our website.  While there, browse through a multitude of other adult, juvenile and children’s books, both bestsellers and classics in many genres.

Downloadable films

For your viewing pleasure, we offer IndieFlix, a free streaming movie service that gives you unlimited access to more than 7,500 award-winning and popular independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from more than 50 countries – on your device, PC or Mac, with no apps needed.  Access IndieFlix through the Downloadable Content icon on the library’s website.  Use “Quick Pick,” the discovery tool that lets you sample movies like you would music.

Thanks to our donors

For books and materials this week, we thank Diane Bower and our anonymous donors.

Quotable Quote

“Black Friday Deal:  All Books Are Free” was the headline in a New York Times ad over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  It went on to say:  “Today and every day millions of books are free at the New York Public Library.  With your free library card you can borrow books, e-books, audio books, magazines and so much more.  Plus, the library is the place to go for free streaming videos, classes, programs and research data bases.  This holiday season, discover a world of free resources at the library.”

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